School education: a quick guide to key internet links
Updated 15 July 2014
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This Quick Guide provides links to:
Policy and administrative framework
– the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has responsibility for Indigenous affairs, including school education programs for Indigenous students. However, information about specific Indigenous school programs is on the DoE’s website
– the Department of Industry has major responsibility for vocational education and training in schools (VETiS).
- The Education Council is a standing council of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Its membership includes Australian Government and state and territory government education ministers. It replaced the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) from 1 July 2014. The Education Council’s website includes an archive of the publications and communiques of the SCSEEC and its predecessors.
- The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the national curriculum, the National Assessment Program and national data collection and reporting.
- The National Report on Schooling in Australia, published by ACARA since 2009, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information. Earlier editions (1989–2008) were published by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) and its predecessors and are available on the Education Council’s website.
- The annual Report on Government Services, published by the Productivity Commission, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information.
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides ‘national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership’. Its work includes the development of professional standards, national registration and professional learning for teachers.
Information about schools
- School term dates
- The My School website, managed by ACARA, provides information about all schools in Australia, and includes key statistical data, financial information and school-wide National Assessment Program (literacy and numeracy) results.
- M Harrington, Schools by Commonwealth Electoral Division, 2012, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 2013. The information for individual schools includes school name, location and school type. For non-government schools, campus information, affiliation and Commonwealth funding arrangements under the socioeconomic status (SES) system are also provided. The website includes a list of school enrolments by electorate.
Australian Government funding for schools prior to 2014
Student achievement statistics
- The National Assessment Program (NAP), managed by ACARA, includes the annual National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and three-yearly NAP Sample Assessments in Science Literacy, Civics and Citizenship, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy.
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a three-yearly international survey of the reading, mathematics and science capabilities of 15-year-old students.
- Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS), a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), is a five-yearly international assessment of the reading ability of students in Year 4.
- The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), an IEA project, is a four-yearly international survey of the mathematics and science achievement of students in Year 4 and Year 8.
Other international statistics
The following are some educational organisations that represent the interests of school education stakeholders and/or undertake research relating to school education. The Australasian Education Directory provides a comprehensive listing of educational organisations.
International organisations and overseas education departments
Overseas education departments
– Department of Education—includes links to state education departments.
– Education Commission of the States provides access to information about federal and state education policies, legislation, research and statistics.
State and territory government websites
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales (NSW)
Northern Territory (NT)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.
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